Below is a list of various local, regional and state resources for entrepreneurs. For assistance in making connections, please contact our Resource Navigator, Gail Hopper at 518.372.5656.
Business Mentor NY
This service is available to any NYS business that employees 100 or fewer people. Small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs can get FREE counsel, advice and support from experienced entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals through the online facilitated matching system of Business Mentor NY. Businesses can get answers to simple questions or engage in longer-term relationships with their mentors.
Business Mentor NY’s network includes professionals across a variety of different industries and with diverse skill sets such as finance and cash flow management, retail, communications and IT, human resources and staffing, public relations, and sales and marketing.
For more information, visit www.BusinessMentor.ny.gov or e-mail support@BusinessMentor.ny.gov or call 212.803.3246.
Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region
- Community and economic development loans up to $500,000 to nonprofit groups that provide human services, affordable housing or community revitalization opportunities
- Small business and micro-enterprise loans for businesses owned by women, minorities or low-income entrepreneurs (up to $25,000 for start-ups, $50,000 for expansions)
- Business plan training, technical assistance, matched savings program
- Collaborations and new initiatives
255 Orange Street
Albany, NY 12210
Entrepreneurial Boot Camp
The program, offered by our sister chamber in Albany-Colonie, is designed to provide business assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs, increase the formation of new businesses and strengthen the operations of businesses during the early stages of development.
Entrepreneurial Boot Camp helps entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to develop skills and access the capital they will need to turn their business concepts into reality.
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber
5 Computer Drive South
Albany, NY 12205
Innogen Business Accelerator
Innogen specializes in commercializing technology-driven products and services through business education.
Volunteer-based organization that gives free and confidential business advice.
- Planning tools
- Special assistance
- Online resources
One Computer Drive South
Albany, NY 12205
518.446.1118, ext. 233
Small Business Development Center, University at Albany (SBDC, UA)
The SBDC, UA places emphasis on providing needed services to manufacturers, women, veterans, minority, and physically challenged individuals, or on business impacting distressed and targeted areas. By assisting new and existing small business firms, the SBDC, UA directly contributes to local, regional, and state economies, promoting stability and growth. Since inception, the SBDC, UA has provided business assistance to 17,000 entrepreneurs with 142,461 counseling hours. Of the 23 SBDCs Statewide, the UAlbany program has been consistently ranked within the top three centers in New York over the last three years based on a matrix of efficiency, quality, and quantity.
Provides no-cost assistance to small businesses is the Capital District:
- Business plan development
- Small business start – ups
- Buying/selling a business
- International trade
- Market research
- Cost analysis/financial management
- Identifying sources of capital